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I’ll pause here to cop to a fairly unpopular opinion; I like GameStop. Not necessarily GameStop as a corporate entity, mind you, as I’m a worldly enough fellow to know it is only interested in me in as much as I represent a creature capable of buying stuff, but rather my local store. I’ve been going there for years, and I’m continually impressed by its product selection and helpful, personable salespeople. Moreover, I use sites like Cheap Ass Gamer to stay abreast of upcoming specials and trade-in deals, which typically stack with the extra 10% trade-in bonus/used item discount bundled with their “worthless magazine subscription.” As such, I tend to make out alright with little fuss.
Of course, I understand that my shopping experience may not be typical. Here on the internet, where criticism spreads like wildfire, GameStop is routinely lambasted on message boards for the exact reasons outlined in the aforementioned comic. It is said the stores are poorly stocked, incompetently staffed and crudely organized. And while, once again, these charges may also be levied at any other number of retailers, reports of GameStop employees selling gutted games as new are too numerous not to take into consideration.
Still, I find myself wondering if our unpleasant response to all things GameStop is equivalent to the chain’s transgressions.
Surely part of the problem – even beyond that of the much maligned “employee check-out policy” – relates directly to the giant’s merger with rival EB Games in 2005. This unceremonious union killed much of GameStop’s competition in the specialty games market, to the obvious detriment of the buying public.
This essentially means that, if you want to pick up a game no longer available at an easily accessible Target/Best Buy or any number of niche titles not typically stocked by more mainstream brick-and-mortars, GameStop becomes your only option. And while most customers are surely savvy enough to find and purchase such games online, it is an undeniable eventuality that, at some point, most gamers will have to huff it down to their local GameStop whether they want to or not.
So try not to take it too personally, GameStop. After all, familiarity breeds contempt.
I like the Game Stop store that I buy games from because their salespeople are very knowledgeable of many different venues. They actually play these games, too. The store policy at Game Stop is receptive to redeeming gift cards, so it is easy to buy them on eBay and physically receive the card or redeem the card number. Overall, this was a very good deal.
I like the GameStop gift card I bought from Ebay! I extended the value of my hard-earned money while enjoying shopping for video games with my kids.
Excellent! Used it to reserve MW3, and saved about 14$ total on it by purchasing gift cards. These gift cards are for the money conscious.
Well I actually got a $25 gift card but none the less. I got this to pay for my pre-order of Dead Rising 3! I read where you can use e-gift cards online or in store. If there is no pin code only in store so I should be good to go.